Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by dastardly-D, May 11, 2015.
Gunbroker. It's an auction site similar to Ebay (but for guns), and an excellent way to find classic military rifles and you can get some really good deals on there if you just look and know how to work the system. That's really the best way to find classic rifles.
There's probably several guys here that have them, don't shoot 'em much, and would turn loose of it.
Like me ... maybe.
see if I can find the site and will let ya know.
Can't seem to find it though, unless I missed it
DO NOT SHOOT STEEL CASED .308 IN IT!!!
Steel cases do not not expand in the chamber correctly for an Enfield. I had a Tula steel cased round blow my Ishy up a few years back. Something about steel not expanding and relieving the peak chamber pressures.
Thank you all for your replies, I already have one and was looking for another. Yes, I'll be on the lookout on Gunbroker... and thanks about the tip on not using steel case rounds. I have part of a box of Tula I shot in my Ishapore, they were so lousy dirty and inaccurate I don't know if I'll ever finish the box ? I guess I lucked out on mine not blowing up . Thank you all !
Basically, if you're going to shoot these rifles, stick with light loads and proper brass-cased ammo.
Where are you finding surplus .303 these days?
Yep.... same thing happened to me. No more steel for me.
Link if interested.
Picking slag out of your left wrist is no fun at all....
Junk for Junk ... Ishys are crapola junkers.
Get rid of it before you hurt yourself.
The Ishapore rifles made in the 60s for 7.62 nato are supposed to have improved metallurgy etc to handle the cartridge. The older rifles converted from 303 to 7.62 are considered to be the especially dangerous ones.
I have never had a problem with mine, keep in mind that I only shoot brass cased ammo.
If Ishapores are junk then all Enfields are by extension junk. IMO Ishapores are made as well as any other Enfield.
Improved metallurgy doesn't entirely negate a weak design. Enfields aren't junk. In their proper .303 caliber they're a perfectly fine rifle. But the design simply doesn't scale well to more powerful loads. The Krag Jorgenson was another such rifle. There's been lots of evolutionary dead ends in rifle design.
Enfields are most loved for their smooth, fast action and sights. You could easily incorporate the bolt design and sights to an otherwise completely different receiver that was inherently stronger. But they didn't even significantly alter the design, which is the problem. The Enfield simply reached its limit, and trying to push it further was foolish. That it was also wholly obsolete at a time when the US and most other major countries had adopted semi-automatic or fully automatic designs just makes it worse.
Obsolete in what capacity? They were used as sniper variants by the UK.
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